Hulkenberg is now confirmed at Force India. Guess he had nowhere to go really.
So far the 2014 driver lineup has been much waiting and not much confirmation as teams play the cat and mouse game. Some drivers are confirmed, some are waiting for the right time to move, some are not sure what is going on, some think they know what is going on. At least one driver is confirmed for now and it is Felipe Massa who will be moving to Williams. So how does the driver line up look so far?
We've had a flurry of news yesterday about driver seats and some quite unexpected. Perez is out of McLaren, something I didn't expect. They've given the seat to Kevin Magnussen. Heikki Kovalainen replaces Kimi Raikkonen for the last 2 races but will stay at Caterham for next season.
|1||Vettel||Red Bull Racing||Red Bull-Renault|
|2||Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing||Red Bull-Renault|
|3||Rosberg||Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team||Mercedes|
|4||Hamilton||Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team||Mercedes|
|7||Grosjean||Lotus F1 Team||Lotus-Renault|
|8||Kovalainnen*||Lotus F1 Team||Lotus-Renault|
|9||Button||Vodafone McLaren Mercedes||McLaren-Mercedes|
|10||Magnussen||Vodafone McLaren Mercedes||McLaren-Mercedes|
|11||Hulkenberg||Sahara Force India F1 Team||Force India-Mercedes|
|12||Sahara Force India F1 Team||Force India-Mercedes|
|14||Sauber F1 Team||Sauber-Ferrari|
|15||Sauber F1 Team||Sauber-Ferrari|
|16||Vergne||Scuderia Toro Rosso||Toro Rosso-Renault|
|17||Kvyat||Scuderia Toro Rosso||Toro Rosso-Renault|
|18||Massa||Williams F1 Team||Williams-Mercedes|
|19||Bottas||Williams F1 Team||Williams-Mercedes|
|20||Bianchi||Marussia F1 Team||Marussia-Ferrari|
|21||Marussia F1 Team||Marussia-Ferrari|
|22||Caterham F1 Team||Caterham Renault|
|23||Caterham F1 Team||Caterham Renault|
Massa had this to say:
When I was a kid, I always dreamed of racing for Williams, Ferrari or McLaren and I'm glad to be signing with another icon of the sport. The team wants to grow. It is already a big team but they are really pushing hard to go back to what they were in the past. It is a team to fight for the championships and good results and I really want to be a part of it. I understand what they are doing to get stronger. I think we can be very successful and I believe it is the best choice compared to the other choices I had.
I think he doesn't have that much of a choice so basically it was PR talk.
Team founder and principal Sir Frank Williams says Massa is "an exceptional talent and a real fighter on the track", while his daughter Claire, the deputy team principal, said: "Felipe has demonstrated his talent and speed over the years, as well as his ability to motivate and drive a team to championship success."
Claire Williams added that acquiring Massa's services was "a key step towards our goal of returning Williams to the front of the grid and part of our ongoing plans to ensure we are stronger in 2014 and beyond".
We'll see, won't we. Williams just needs some more money and a faster car. Perhaps the Brazilian oil and gas company Petrobras will consider replacing PDVSA now that a Brazilian is there again.
Perez had this to say:
Perez had this to say:
"It (McLaren's decision) wasn't what I was expecting. But this is life, and sometimes life doesn't go the way you want it to go - and this is a perfect example - so you have to take another route. I'm still young, I still have a lot to give to the sport, and I have my whole career in front of me. I just have to take another route now to keep aiming for my goals in Formula One to become a World Champion."
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